Under Marcelo Bielsa, Leeds have started the season incredibly well and have so far blown away most of the teams they’ve played.
The Yorkshire club have gone unbeaten in the Championship so far and have only been held to draw by fellow promotion hopefuls, Middlesbrough and Swansea.
Impressively, Bielsa has been using a squad that played much of last season and has seemingly improved everyone. The introduction to the team has been former Wolves man Barry Douglas.
At the back, Leeds have improved massively and one of the players who has also improved under Bielsa is academy graduate, Bailey Peacock-Farrell.
At just 21, it’s taken two years for Peacock-Farrell to cement himself in the first-team following his debut against Queen Park Rangers. Following the end of the 2015/16 season, he was handed a new three-year deal but joined Oldham on a month-long trial which didn’t exactly end well.
Following the poor performances of Felix Wiedwald towards the end of last season, the young goalkeeper was given the starting role for the last 11 matches and since then has become the club’s number one.
While the club didn’t finish the season well, this year he’s shown massive improvement. Moreover, with the arrival of Jamal Blackman on loan from Chelsea, it’s a testament to how highly rated he is in Bielsa’s books.
Much like the likes of Kemar Roofe and Samu Saiz, the young goalkeeper remains a constant fixture in the side and it doesn’t look like Blackman is going to get much of a look in the Championship.
Such has been his fine form this season, that Micheal O’Neil handed him his first competitive start against Bosnia in the UEFA Nations League. Following the game, O’Neill praised the 21-year-old, whom he described as “confident and assured”.
At only 21, the future looks extremely bright for the Leeds academy graduate. He’s performing at a high level and playing consistent first-team football for a club that looks like it’s going to have a good chance of getting promoted to the Premier League.
If he can keep up these performances over this season, Leeds could have a goalkeeper that is not only one of the better ones in the league but one that could take them into the Premier League and beyond.
At such a young age, Leeds fans should be excited by the player they’ve got on their hands.
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